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Marshall unveils three state solution map

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Gubernatorial candidate Robert Marshall and his 3 state solution map

Dr. Robert Marshall has a unique approach to solving the state of Illinois’ problems. The Democratic candidate for governor has proposed splitting the state of Illinois into three new states. While Marshall has talked about this plan before, today was the first time his actual map has been put forward for public discussion.

Marshall’s 3 state solution map

The three states that Marshall’s plan would create follow the existing patterns of the state. The city of Chicago would be its own state, while the suburbs (state 2) would be split off from the downstate area (state 3).  Each of these three states would be totally independent of each other. That would mean both new government officials and new state constitutions.

There are some legal hurdles to this plan. First the people of Illinois would need to vote on the split, and then the federal government would need to approve of adding two additional states to the Union. Marshall pointed out that Virginia was allowed to divide into two states during the Civil War, so his plan isn’t unprecedented.

Dr. Marshall and I discussed this map in detail during our recent interview. The full video interview will be posted soon.

The Democratic Primary is March 20. To learn more about the candidates for governor, check out our Campaign Headquarters.

Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Dr. Robert Marshall interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Dr. Robert Marshall. Marshall is one of the Democrats running for governor.

Marshall discussed two main parts of his campaign with us. The first was his opposition to a graduated income tax. He argued that the rich, who would officially pay a higher rate under such a plan, would simply move their money out of state. Marshall is the only Democrat running for governor to oppose the graduated income tax.

His other big issue is splitting Illinois into three states. Marshall shared how the separation would be done, and the legal challenges it would need to overcome. We also got the first look at Marshall’s new map for the state.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Marshall and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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Drury will appear on primary ballot

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He’s back. Rep. Scott Drury won an important appeal today, ensuring he will appear on the March 20 ballot. Drury is one of the Democrats running for Attorney General in Illinois, but had been temporarily removed from the ballot. According to the challenge, Drury had failed to properly file his statement of economic interest, because he had only filed for his current General Assembly position, not for Attorney General.

Initially, the Electoral Board had ruled that Drury only needed to file one statement. But the a Circuit Court overruled this decision, stating that he needed to file a statement with every unit of government he was running for. According to the Circuit Court, because the General Assembly is part of the Legislature, but the Attorney General is in the Executive Branch, Drury had not filed for the “unit of government” he was running in.

However, the Court of Appeals disagreed. They found that while the Legislative and Executive branches are separate from each other, they are both part of the same unit of government. Therefore, it was incorrect to strike Drury’s name from the ballot.

Drury’s name will appear on the March 20th Democratic Primary ballot. To learn more about the candidates in that race, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

You can read the full decision here.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Bob Daiber Interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Bob Daiber. Daiber is one of the Democratic candidates for governor.

Daiber is a lifelong educator, and has been both a classroom teacher and an administrator. We discussed several of the new education bills that have passed in the last year, including the new funding formula. I also get his opinion on special programs for gifted students.

Daiber is unique because he is the first downstate Democrat to run for governor in nearly 20 years. He shares the importance of having downstate voices in both the state government and the Democratic Party.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Daiber and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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